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Early Warning System Implementation Guide

This Early Warning System (EWS) Implementation Guide is a supporting document for schools and districts that are implementing the National High School Center’s Early Warning System (EWS) Tool v2.0. Developed by the National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), the guide and tool support the establishment and implementation of an early warning system for identifying and monitoring students who are at risk of dropping out of high school. This Implementation Guide is designed to build the capacity of school- and district-level practitioners to analyze data from the EWS Tool v2.0.1 The aim of the guide and the tool is to support school and district efforts to systematically identify students who are showing signs that they are at risk of dropping out of high school, match these students to interventions to get them
back on track for graduation, and monitor students’ progress in those interventions. The guide describes an implementation process that draws on the research on data-driven decision making.

Publication Date: September 2010
Grade Level: Middle grades, High school
Classification: Tool
Indicator area: ELA, Math, Behavior, Attendance
Tier: Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3
Source: National High School Center
Authors: Susan Bowles Therriault, Jessica Heppen, Mindee O’Cummings, Lindsay Fryer, Amy Johnson